PHOENIX, April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At AT&T1, we've invested nearly $575 million in our Arizona wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for Arizona consumers and businesses. They also enhance critical services that support public safety and first responders.
In 2016, AT&T made 1,040 wireless network upgrades in Arizona. These upgrades include the addition of new cell sites as well as adding network capacity to existing cell sites. Following the passage of recent state legislation, AT&T will continue its investment in Arizona with additional upgrades.
"Thanks to Governor Ducey signing legislation that encourages companies to invest more in wireless infrastructure, AT&T is accelerating its wireless buildout plans in Arizona with tens of millions of dollars dedicated to mobile network enhancements in the state," said Jerry Fuentes, President of AT&T Arizona. "This investment will include next-generation upgrades that will pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead."
"In order for Arizona to continue to thrive and serve its residents, it's imperative we have companies that invest through thoughtful innovation," said Jack W. Lunsford, President & CEO of the Arizona Small Business Association. "AT&T is making significant, ongoing investments in its network, giving our businesses and residents added tools to compete and grow. We appreciate Rep. Weninger, ASBA's Legislator of the Year, for providing excellent leadership in championing this important legislation."
The AT&T LTE network now covers nearly 400 million people in North America. Notable Arizona network enhancements in 2016 included:
- Upgrading the Phoenix area network to prepare for the NCAA Men's Final Four, including adding wireless capacity to Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) at the University of Phoenix Stadium and Phoenix Convention Center.
- Deploying Cell on Wheels (COWs) to keep crowds connected at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and other major events.
In 2017, for the third year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world. We also placed #37 among the Top 50 World's Most Admired Companies. This is our third year in a row on the Top 50 list – AT&T is the only communications company on the list. We ranked #1 in all 9 attributes. This included innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services. FORTUNE's Most Admired Companies lists are among the most highly respected indicators of corporate performance and reputation.
We have an extensive Wi-Fi network with more than 40,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers. We provide access to Wi-Fi at more than 1 million Hot Spots around the world. Most AT&T smartphone and home Internet customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn't count towards customers' monthly wireless data plans.2
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*Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q2+Q3 2016 across 121 markets.
**Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; and voice roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.
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